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Leona Theis
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Secondary (Grades 10-12)

Leona Theis

Leona Theis's novel-in-stories, If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (Freehand 2020), offers her protagonist nine different chances to "get life right." The novel won several awards, including the High Plains Book Award, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction, and SWG's John V Hicks Award. Leona's first book, Sightlines, linked stories that form a portrait of a town, won two Saskatchewan Book  Awards. Excerpts from her novel The Art of Salvage were shortlisted for novella awards on both the east and west coasts of Canada. Her personal essays have been published in literary magazines in Canada and the United States, won creative nonfiction awards from the CBC and Prairie Fire Magazine, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Journey Prize Stories, and American Short Fiction, where her work won the story prize. She lives on Treaty 6 territory, in Saskatoon.



Sask Writers Guild, 2021, Anthology

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives

Freehand Books, 2020, Publication

The Occupations of Muriel Thompson

JackPine Press, 2008,

The Art of Salvage

Coteau Books, 2006,


Coteau Books, 2000,

Coming Attractions 98

(with Gabriella Goliger and Darryl Whetter) Oberon Press, 1998,


American Short Fiction
Year: 2016
Category: Literary Journal
Category: Literary Journal
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Category: Literary Journal
Malahat Review
Category: Literary Journal
McGill Street Magazine
Category: Literary Journal
Prairie Fire
Category: Literary Journal
The Fiddlehead
Category: Literary Journal

Broadcast Works

Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 2007-2007
Occupations of Muriel Thompson (creative nonfiction)
The Arts Tonight with Eleanor Wachtel, CBC Radio national, 2007-2007
Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 1998-1998
Traces (commissioned short story for Festival of Fiction)
Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1997-1997
The Stuff that Makes You Lift Cars
Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1993-1993
Home-Made Maps (short story)


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